Retreat in Uttarakashi, Himalayas, North India

Some inspiring clips from our annual spring retreat in Uttarakashi, North India

2020 Retreat Delayed Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic
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Yoga and meditation retreat with an international group on the banks of the holy river Ganga in the serene and scenic Himalayas in Northern India, the abode of the yogis and saints. After spending time in this pristine land, one experiences and understands why spiritual seekers have been drawn to the Himalayas from time immemorial.


Retreat Group in Gangotri


Retreat Program

  • Daily meditation and yoga sessions with Gajananam, direct disciple of Swami Vishnu-devananda Ji.
  • Vedanta philosophy classes with Swami Premananda Ji, a rare embodiment of love, joy and wisdom and direct disciple of Swami Sivananda Ji.
  • Bhagavad Gita classes with Swami Ramaswarupananda ji, a wonderful example of surrender and service and a dynamic and close disciple of Swami Chidananda Ji.
  • Trip to Gangotri, near the source of Mother Ganga (as the river is lovingly called), one of the "Chardham" or holiest pilgrimage centers in the Himalayas.
  • Connecting to our lineages roots by visiting Swami Vishnu-devananda Ji's cave in Gangotri, where he spent much time in meditation and seclusion.
  • Pilgrimage to various holy sites, including Swami Sivananda Jis Mahasamadhi shrine (saints tomb) and his Kutir (cottage) on the Banks of Holy Ganga.
  • Visit the Himalayan village of Ganeshpur.
  • Enjoy uplifting Satsang (company) with senior monks and yogis.
  • Healthy, tasty, freshly cooked vegetarian food.


April 26 Arrival in Delhi
April 27 Travel to Rishikesh
April 28 Visit Rishikesh
April 29 Travel to Uttarakashi
Apirl 30 - May 8 Retreat in Uttarakashi with Swami Premananda Ji
May 6 Visit Gangotri, holy site near the source of the Ganga
May 8 Travel to Delhi
May 8 Night/May 9 early morning Departure from Delhi


$1,200 (130,000 Yen) if you register by February 15, 2020.
$1,250 (140,000 Yen) if you register after February 15, 2020.
Includes all travel, food, and accommodations during the program in India.
Does not include airfare.


$400 (40,000 Yen) deposit required for registration by February 15.
$450 (50,000 Yen) deposit for registration after February 15.

$800 (90,000 Yen) balance due by March 15, 2020
Please register by March 15th. We don't guarantee that there will be space afterwards


The whole program is pure, authentic and rooted in sadhana. Gajananamji sets it up so everything is effortless, allowing us pilgrims to have a clear mind for meditation! The teachings gained from Swami Ramaswarupanandaji and Swami Premanandaji are enough to ponder over lifetimes, yet I still thirst for more! To sit at these master's feet and hear Ma Ganga's shakti ever-flowing is a blessing in itself. I hope everyone can share this wonderful experience! Thank you OM OM OM (Daya Devi)

We so much enjoyed the visit to India during August 2009 that was organized by Gajananam and the Vishnu-devananda Yoga Center. My wife, daughter and self accompanied the group and each of us found the trip to be fun, educational and enlightening. I have known Gajananam for many years so knew that the retreat would be a success due to his in-depth knowledge of yoga and Indian culture. We were fortunate to practice yoga and meditation in the Himalayas - a dream for many spiritual aspirants, and to meet yogis and saints who don't seek publicity. My wife and daughter, who are both new to yoga also thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip, and have since delved into yoga practice themselves! (Gyanadev)

This summer I took the opportunity to go on the Vishnu-devananda Center's annual retreat to India. Truly, this was a life changing experience for me. With the full impact of my short time there still not fully realized. I have 2 grown children who, while not yogis themselves, are truly grateful that their mom has found a path in life that has brought our relationships closer. Even as a beginner in the yoga lifestyle, I find the benefits to both my physical and mental well being to be pretty amazing (Linda)


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